Cervical disc narrowing (CID)

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  • Defining characteristics:
    Narrowing or collapse of a disc space in the cervical spine

  • Common differential diagnoses:
    Intervertebral disc extrusion, positional artifact

  • Helpful additional data:
    Has the patient been dragging their feet or is there nail wear on the toes? Has there been a change in the gait? Is there neck pain or discomfort eating from a bowl?

  • Commonly associated diagnostics:
    A thorough neurologic evaluation

  • Commonly associated treatments:
    Discuss analgesia and cage confinement vs surgical options.

  • Commonly associated home care:
    Based on treatment, cage rest vs surgery